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Red, CYtes and Blue!

There’s no place better to celebrate Independence Day than in Ames, Iowa! With events happening throughout the week, there are plenty of options for you to get out and paint the town red white and blue! Happy Independence Day from the CYtes of Ames and Iowa State University!


Through July 7: Rally your teammates for the CYtes of Downtown Scavenger Hunt! Download the free SCAVIFY app and search for CYtes of Downtown Ames. All participants are entered to win prizes. More details found on our Facebook page.


Red, White, & Blue Cake Pop Workshop
Cook’s Emporium | 5:30 – 6:30 pm

AMES! Mobile Paint + Sip: Cheers to America
Alluvial Brewing Company | 7 pm – 9 pm

Reiman Gardens
Open late for fireworks viewing (regular admission applies)

Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Independence Day Fireworks
Iowa State University parking lot G7, Ames | (lots open at 8:00 pm) 9:30 pm – 10 pm


Friendship Ark’s 15th Annual 5k on the 4th
Ada Hayden Park | 7:45 am – 11 am

4th of July Celebration
Downtown Ames
8:30 – 10:30 am, Pancake Breakfast at the front entrance of City Hall, kids can also bring their bikes to decorate
11 am, Parade begins on Main Street

Kid’s Story Time
Reiman Gardens | 10 am – 11 am

Annual 4th of July Grill Out!
Wheatsfield Cooperative | 10:30 am – 12 pm

Fourth of July Parade
Ames Main Street | 11 am – 2 pm

Burnett Ave. between 5th and 6th St | 12 pm – July 6 at 7:30 pm

Ames Municipal Band Concert
Bandshell Park | 7 pm – 9 pm


Ames Public Library Movie Afternoons
“Small Foot” showing | 1:30 pm

Tiny Deck Concert: Jon Marko
Wheatsfield Cooperative | 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Live Music at Snus!
“Opus Taylor” at Snus Hill Winery | 6:30 – 9:30 pm

For more details and events, check out our event calendar!

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